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Complete package, high quality tools
on August 16, 2000
On assembling the table I was impressed by the solid feel ofall the parts. No wiggle, no wobble (and very easy to put together, too). The 1 1/2 HP motor (more than powerful enough for hobbyist/do-it-yourself work) pops in and out of the three mounting brackets (D-handle, plunge, and table) with ease, but feels as solid in each as if it were permanently affixed. The guard attaches to a dust collector with a standard 2 1/2" opening for the hose on your shop vac/dust collection system, so it does a pretty good job of keeping itself clean. Even the tolerances of the miter gage are above what you might expect in this price range.
... (By the way, this model can accomodate bits up to 2 1/4 inches, which for me is more than enough. If you are going to need/want to use bigger bits this product won't suit you. For non-professional needs, though, I can't imagine what more you could ask for.)
Of course, if you had to sacrifice quality to get that kind of a deal, it wouldn't be worth it. But Porter Cable's routers are as good or better than anything else on the market, so there is no sacrifice. I am usually more reserved in my praise of a product, but I really don't see a downside.